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Lamarre, Thomas. "A Series of Ugly Feelings: Fabulation & abjection in shōjo manga." Abjection Incorporated. Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence. Eds. Maggie Hennefeld and Nicholas Sammond. Durham: Duke Univ. Press, 2020. 268–90. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Lamarre2020
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Keywords: "Wolf Girl", Gender, Hatta. Ayuko, Intermediality, Japan, Kristeva. Julia, Manga, Seriality
Creators: Hennefeld, Lamarre, Sammond
Publisher: Duke Univ. Press (Durham)
Collection: Abjection Incorporated. Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence
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Thomas Lamarre looks at manga comics for teenage girls, such as The Wolf Girl and the Black Prince (Hatta Ayuko, 2011–), surveying their meticulously administered worlds for how they inflect and refract abjection. “A Series of Ugly Feelings: Fabulation and Abjection in Shojo Manga” mounts a detailed critique of Kristeva’s “weight of meaninglessness” through what Sianne Ngai calls the “ugly feelings” that haunt popular Japanese shōjo manga, comics marketed primarily to female adolescents. “Ngai stresses how difficult it is to determine whether ugly feelings are resistant or acquiescent in political terms,” Lamarre argues, “precisely because they are not object oriented.” He analyzes the “objectless feeling of irritation” that arises in encountering manga, both through its depiction of interspecies role-playing scenarios, and in the diffusion of the story across different serial media. Focusing on manga’s formal heterogeneity, Lamarre argues provocatively that the irritation that serialization inspires “generates a feedback effect that allows for the conveyance of abjection, as information for the series,” and in this case is “the noise whose amplified feedback makes the Wolf Girl series into a self-organizing multimedia franchise system.”
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